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Team Moeding 5K to benefit cancer fighter, Laura Feldman

Posted: Thursday, Jun 26th, 2014

Laura Feldman of Huron is shown with her two sons, Payne, 13, and Cody, 5. The Team Moeding 5K run/walk will hold a glow run to benefit Laura Feldman, who is battling cancer. The glow run will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ravine Lake Park, with registration from 6 to 8 p.m. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

The third annual Team Moeding 5k run/walk will be held Saturday at the Ravine Lake Park in Huron, 9 p.m., with registration from 6 to 8 p.m.

This year’s 5k will be Huron’s first-ever glow run and benefit for Laura Feldman. All proceeds will go to support Feldman and her family in their battle against cancer.

The Team Moeding 5k began three years ago in support of David Moeding, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymph-oma. However, after a bone marrow transplant, which was partially funded by the 5k, David remains in complete remission from his cancer.

“In celebration of his good health we have been holding the run to benefit another person from the Huron area who is fighting their own battle with cancer,” said David’s wife, Megan Moeding.

Laura Feldman, who battles ovarian cancer, was the chosen one to receive the benefit this year.

“I was very honored when David Moeding called me and told me I was chosen, because there are tons of people out there that need the help, so in that aspect I feel a little guilty, but I am humbled by the support I’ve gotten,” said Feldman.

Feldman, a single mother of two boys, began her journey fighting cancer in 2008.

“I was one that was never sick when I was younger,” said Feldman. “But I had my second child in October of 2008 and I just never got better. I just never felt good after that.”

In September 2009 it was suspected that Feldman had a gall bladder attack and an ultra sound was performed. After doctors spotted something bigger, Feldman was immediately sent to Sioux Falls.

“I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, stage 3 C. It had spread to my liver and my diaphragm,” said Feldman.

Feldman started treatments, had a complete hysterectomy in 2010, and has gone through several surgeries. She regularly goes to Avera Prairie Cancer Center in Sioux Falls for treatments once a week for three weeks in a row, and then has one week free of treatment.

“Right now treatments are going good. I’ve lost my hair, but I don’t get sick from these treatments,” said Feldman.”This is the second time I’ve lost my hair. The first time it was devastating. You get up in the morning and look in the mirror and you’re like [gasp] no hair! This second time, I was like, it’s fine, it’s hair. It’ll grow back.”

“I focus on my good days. I can get really tired because of the chemo. There are days I don’t want to get out of bed, but I have two kids, you know, two boys that are very active. My week off of chemo I try to jam pack full of activities that we can do.”

Feldman said her inspiration is her boys, Cody, age 5, and Payne, age 13.

“Both my kids are big believers in God, which is grand, I love it,” she said. “I was walking with Payne the other day. He was talking about getting married and growing up and having kids and I said, ‘God, I hope I see that. I hope I’m there for that.’ He said, ‘I don’t think he would do that to us, Mom.’ I said, ‘who?’ he said, ‘I don’t think God would take you away from us.’ That meant a huge, huge thing to me.”

Her son, Payne, wants to be a farmer while five-year-old Cody is thinking about entering the medical field.

“He likes gymnastics and theatrical things like acting, but he has been with me to the doctor so much and watched blood draws and bandage changing, that a lot of times he tells me he wants to go into the medical field so that other people’s mommys don’t have to be sick,” said Feldman. “When I spent my week in the hospital after my surgeries he cried every night and said, ‘Mom please don’t leave.’ How do you promise him? How do you get to that point where you are able to talk to him about that? I am not really even able to discuss death with him because he just can’t handle it. I tell him all the time, ‘If mommy is not right here, mommy is always in your heart,’ so he has gotten really good at that.”

Feldman said that her mother, doctor, nurses and support group have been a huge help to her.

“It would have been easy to give up. It’s devastating. But I have a great care team,” she said. “They are also my support team. When I had my colon blocked I would call my doctor in the middle of the night because I would have this weird pain. I would say I must be a big pest to him and he said, ‘No, my job is to make sure you are going to be okay.’ There are times when he, as a doctor, just sat with me in my chemo room while I cried and he just let me cry. He is just a superb doctor and the staff down there is excellent.”

As for a future goal, Feldman would like to create a local support group for women suffering from ovarian cancer.

“I think that breast cancer gets a lot of recognition, which, it’s true, it’s one of the leading causes of cancer for a lot of women, and causes a lot of deaths. But ovarian cancer is almost just as big. You know, I think there were 244,000 people diagnosed in the year that I was diagnosed in 2009,” she said.

Ovarian cancer symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, feeling the need to urinate urgently or often, fatigue, heartburn or upset stomach, back pain, pain during sex, constipation and menstrual changes.

Feldman had some advice for others suffering from ovarian cancer.

“I just want to say this about the symptom part, if women have a certain symptom they just need to ‘keep on’ their doctor,” said Feldman. “Keep your head up. And I know that is hard to say. Because, you know, there are stages of grief that you go through. When I was diagnosed it was sheer anger. You know, ‘why me?’ But then on the other hand, why not me? … So I would say keep your head up and find a support system and find a doctor that you trust.”

Pre-registry for the race can be done at Anytime Fitness. A donor drive for a chance to sign up to be on the national bone marrow registry will also take place at Ravine Lake at 7 p.m. Glow-packet pickup times will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at Anytime Fitness, Huron, Friday, June 27.

For more information, call Megan Moeding at (605) 350-5222.

For the complete article see the 06-25-2014 issue.

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